A Study for An Exercise in Balance

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

12 Feb 2019 - 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM13 Feb 2019 - 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM14 Feb 2019 - 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM15 Feb 2019 - 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM

A Study for An Exercise in Balance

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Artist and dancer MJ Harper took residence within Grace Wales Bonner's exhibition A Time for New Dreams, performing a daily ritual of movements ahead of An Exercise in Balance.

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Artist and dancer MJ Harper performed a series of daily ritual movements inside the exhibition space.

Performances took place daily between 12-15 February at 3pm and lasted 40 minutes.

Michael-John Harper is a Berlin-based performance artist, classically-trained dancer, movement director and model. Harper brings together movement, spoken word and moving image in his performances, allowing for his unique form of self-presentation to reside between choreography and visual art. In the closing week of Wales Bonner’s exhibition, Harper will take residence within the Gallery, performing a daily ritual of movements. Harper has previously collaborated with Wales Bonner, choreographing her previous presentation, Blue Duets (Spring/Summer 2018), inspired by ideas of searching, cruising, and romanticism. Harper began his training at Michael’s Academy for the Performing Arts. In 2010, he joined the Alvin Ailey II Junior Dance Company in New York and in 2010 became a member of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance (now Company Wayne McGregor) where he remained until 2015. Harper has toured the world extensively with performances in venues such as MoMA and the Guggenheim. Since moving to Berlin in 2015, Harper has presented works at galleries, including Blain|Southern, Souvenir By, and most recently The Schinkel Pavillon. Harper has also performed with the Bavarian State Opera and the Komische Oper Berlin.

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MJ Harper

MJ Harper

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Eric N. Mack, A Lesson in Perspective 2017, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries, © 2019 readsreads.info

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MJ Harper

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Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries, © 2019 readsreads.info

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Rashid Johnson, Untitled (daybed 1) 2012, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams. (Installation view, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries). © 2019 readsreads.info